National’s deputy leader, Nicola Willis, applied one of the many lashings that the government received in the House this week: ‘Today we have the grovelling back-down, but the stain on our democracy, the damage to our constitution, will remain.’ THOMAS CRANMER writes –
As much as the government tried to maintain the line repeated by the Prime Minister yesterday that, “We voted for it as a team, we’re fixing it as a team”, the cracks in a divided caucus and dysfunctional leadership team were all too evident.
When Minister Mahuta, the chief architect of the Three Waters reforms, stood up in the House last Wednesday evening to respond to SOP 285 tabled by Eugenie Sage, she said that the amendment would test the will of the House. Perhaps only her closest confidants understood that the Minister intended to test the will of her own colleagues to a far greater degree than that of the opposition.
Whilst it is impossible to determine with any certainty what Labour’s caucus understood it would be voting for during the Committee of the Whole stage and who Labour’s chief whip took his instructions from when he applied Labour’s party vote in favour of SOP 285, the effect of Mahuta’s power play has been to expose the two rival camps within Cabinet which remain unreconciled following yesterday’s reversal. Continue reading “THOMAS CRANMER: A government humiliated”→
The Ardern government has improved its gymnastic skills and this week executed one of its fastest somersaults of its turbulent career on what the mainstream media had labelled “the KiwiSaver tax grab”.
Of course, that label was a misnomer. Even so, a clever politician would have sensed the gathering storm long before it burst.
Even now, the government is left fretting as it surveys the damage done, rather like the Nelson residents who lost their homes last week.
It was Revenue Minister David Parker who had to front the media to do what he could to salvage something from the wreck.
Having got things admirably correct with his opinion as Attorney-General on the wretched Rotorua local body bill being promoted by Tweaker Coffey, it looked like David Parker had stumbled as Revenue Minister
The impression of a stumble was given by a Stuff headline which read Revenue Minister David Parker lashes very wealthy for being undertaxed, calls for new tax principles
But if someone is being undertaxed, very wealthy or not, shouldn’t someone at the Inland Revenue Department be hauled into the Minister’s office to explain what’s going on?
And if it turns out that the undertaxed individual is breaking the law, then the next step is clear. Prosecution is the path to be taken.
There has been just one ministerial announcement since Point of Order last reported on the Buzz from the Beehive. It came from Environment Minister David Parker, who said the Government is taking steps to improve recycling at home “and on the go” and is inviting citizens to have their say.
The press statement highlighted
Improved kerbside recycling so New Zealanders can recycle the same materials all around the country and have access to a food scraps bin at kerbside.
A scheme that incentivises people to return their empty drink containers for recycling.
Separation of businesses’ food scraps from general waste to reduce greenhouse gasses and put the scraps to positive uses.
Violence in Honiara – three days of looting and destruction, demands for the PM to step down and the declaration of a nightly curfew – has prompted one of two new posts on the Beehive website since we last updated our monitoring.
Reporting on the unrest, RNZ Pacific correspondent in Honiara, Georgina Kekea, said only six buildings were still standing in Honiara’s Chinatown.
In Wellington, Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker has expressed this country’s deep concern at events unfolding in the capital of the Solomon Islands.
Point of Order has been sniffing into waste – or, more precisely, the minimisation of waste – since Environment Minister David Parker announced a $20.5m investment to reduce waste going to landfill in the Bay of Plenty
Parker said the $20.5m had been dished out to the Tauranga City Council from the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) to support essential waste infrastructure projects in Tauranga that also serve the broader Bay of Plenty region.
“Our support to the Tauranga City Council’s city waste infrastructure project is another example of the Government’s commitment to accelerating regional New Zealand’s recovery from the impacts of Covid-19.
“The project is a collaboration with private industry. It will create jobs and minimise waste going to landfill in the Bay of Plenty.”
We found nothing new, in our daily check of the Beehive website. But we can report the reply to questions that were raised in an announcement from Environment Minister David Parker (which we noted at the time) earlier this month.
The announcement was headed Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step.
In this, Parker announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils
“ … to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland.”
In August 2019 the Kaipara was named as the first “exemplar” or “at-risk” catchment to receiving backing as part of the Government’s work alongside local communities and iwi to improve water quality.
The Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify PACER Plus, enabling the Pacific regional trade and development agreement to enter into force in 60 days.
Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands ratified the agreement, which required eight ratifications to take effect.
Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and New Zealand are the eight signatories. The remaining signatories that have not yet ratified the agreement are Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.